Ghastly Games by Daphne Strasert: Betrayal at House on the Hill

 

Game Review: Betrayal at House on the Hill

Can you survive a night at the House on the Hill? Between secret passageways, dangerous relics, and supernatural entities that lurk in every shadow, you’ll have your work cut out for you. But the house is only the start. One of your own party will betray you before the night is through. Whether you’re attacked by a hoard of bloodsucking bats, chosen to marry the ghost of a restless bride, or searching for a companion who has been buried alive, you’ll have to drag yourself out by your fingernails by dawn.

Betrayal at House on the Hill is a strategy board game for 3-6 players. It takes about one hour to play.

Gameplay Overview

The best thing about playing Betrayal at House on the Hill is that the game is different every time you pull it out. There are fifty unique play scenarios (more if you get expansion packs) and each of those can be different depending on the layout of the house and the players present.

All players have a character with physical and mental stats that they track through gameplay. These affect everything from movement to dice rolls to attacks. Players work together to win, but someone in your party will turn against you.

The game is broken into two phases: exploring the house and The Haunt. In the beginning, players find new rooms and expand the layout of the house. Rooms can contain Items, Events, or Omens. Items and Events can help or harm you but find too many Omens and you’ll trigger The Haunt, the second half of the game where play becomes life or death.

When the Haunt is revealed, one player will be designated as the Traitor. From that moment on, they work against the other players, trying to raise the dead, become one with a supernatural being, kill everyone, etc. The goal is different every time. The rest of the players learn how to defeat their particular circumstances by finding specific rooms or objects, and by using character traits to discover information or attack a monster.

The game is finished when either the Traitor or the remaining players fulfill the win conditions of the specific haunt.

Game Experience

Betrayal at House on the Hill is a beautiful, atmospheric horror game. Horror Addicts will love the hundreds of traditional, spine-tingling horror references that are slipped in everywhere. The cards are well crafted with carefully chosen stories and details that make the hair stand up on your arms.

There are A LOT of pieces. Whether this is justified or not is up to personal interpretation. I don’t think they’re all needed, but some people like to have a piece for everything in gameplay. Keeping track of character stats can be difficult since the markers aren’t very good at staying in place.

However, despite a few minor annoyances, the game is pleasing overall and well made. The art is beautiful and the writing is exquisite. Each Haunt scenario is its own horror story. Cards contain details that are wonderful teasers to stories that are never told (and so fuel your own imagination as the game goes on). These make discovering the house as much of a delight as fighting for your life during The Haunt.

Final Thoughts

Betrayal at House on the Hill is complicated. If you can play your first game with a veteran, I suggest you do so. Otherwise, allocate an additional hour for gameplay to figure out how to play. If you’re looking for a quick, fun, family game (or something to play while heavily drunk), look somewhere else. But if you want an absorbing game that can be enjoyed differently each time played, this game is for you.

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Kidnapped Week! My Top 5 Favorite Horror Board Games by Kenzie Kordic

Kidnapped Week! My Top 5 Favorite Horror Board Games by Kenzie Kordic

 

Greetings again my Horror Fiends. Today’s blog is about my favorite horror games. I am the writer game blogger here and for good reason: I’m obsessed. I don’t take that term lightly. Anytime a new horror-themed board game comes out, I break the bank buying it. I have over 30 horror games in my collection and let me tell you, it isn’t healthy haha. This list is my top 5 favorite horror board game, in no particular order. Please let me know what your opinions are and what your favorite horror games are.

 

 

Gloom

I absolutely love this game! The first time I played it was a few years ago with a great group of people and we immediately became addicted playing five games in one night.  It is a ton of fun torturing your own family and making your opponents family so happy that all they want to do is live.  I’m a pretty morbid person so I love games like this.  I give this game a ten out of ten solely because it’s a fast pace, easy to learn, and a gripping game that will keep you begging for more torture.

Dead of Winter

I freaking love this game. I am an avid tabletop gamer and will try any horror related board game. I can spend hours playing with my friends, doing different objectives, and screwing each other over. What I love about this game, besides the obvious, zombies, is that each time you play, it is literally a different game. Each time you play you can have a different objective, a traitor, and a ton of different variables that you just don’t get in standard table-top games. It is an absolute blast and I recommend this game to anyone who has a love of horror as well as board games.

Ouija Board

I have played this game numerous times but nothing has happened to me yet.  It could be a number of factors as in there are no spirits present or the people I’m playing with don’t believe so the spirits keep away. I just love how classically scary this game is, how so many people claim to have had encounters because of this game, and how many people refuse to be in the same room with a board. Whether it is real or not, the history is so rich and I will never turn down a chance to play.

Arkham Horror

I love this game because it is pure Lovecraftian-fear. I am a huge Lovecraft fan and if you are too, I would definitely check out all of the Lovecraft tabletop horror games. This one is my favorite out of the game series because it is a period piece, meaning it takes place in the 1920’s. It is pretty cool that a board game can be a period piece and be scary at the same time. I don’t want to give too much away about this game, I just want you to play it.

Salem

I do like it because I typically enjoy horror games that I can get my friends in on after a few glasses of wine since I’m the only horror buff in my friend group. I am obsessed with anything Salem-related. If it’s a game, I’ll play it. TV series, I’ll watch it. I just love the lore behind it all. This game is geared more towards kids, but it can be fun for adults too. You can play it through cards or online on a computer. If you loved One Night Werewolf, then you’ll love this game too.

Until next time, stay scared.

Kenzie

 

 

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 Kenzie is a young author who strives to create truly scary stories. Kenzie has been obsessed with the horror genre for as long as she’s been able to read. She has written numerous short stories as well as working on a novel.  She can be found watching horror movies with her pup. To find out more, go to: kenziekordic.comtwitter.com/kenziekordic, or facebook.com/kenziekordic.

Ghastly Games: Games for the Whole Horror Addict Family

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Most of the games that have been talked about on this blog over the last few months have been geared towards people age 12 and up. Gamers learn to love games at an early age because their parents played games with them. So if you are a parent and a horror addict what games do you play with your kids? I can remember playing the Goosebumps card game and Atmosfear with my kids but what current games are out their for families to play? So I did a search and found some new horror themed board games that you can play with your whole horror addict family:

ZombieKidz_3DboxZombie Kids: Zombies are taking over the local cemetery in town and its up to a bunch of kids to stop them. They tried to tell their parents about the zombies but no one believed them so now they have to take matters into their own hands. To defeat the zombies the kids have to lock the cemetery gates or try to out smart them. This game is for 2 to 4 players and is meant for kids 7 and up. You have 7 characters to choose to play as and it takes only 15 minutes to play. It’s easy to learn and easy to play and its a perfect game for the whole family. http://iellogames.com/Zombie_Kidz.html

One Night Ultimate Werewolf: This is a game for kids 8 and up and the ONUW_3D_Box_1024x1024object of the game is to find the werewolf living in your village. This game is for 3 to 10 players and you get to choose from 12 different characters to play as and each one has special abilities. This game only takes 10 minutes to play. It’s fast paced, fun and no two games are ever the same. If werewolves aren’t your thing there is also a One Night Ultimate Vampire game. http://beziergames.com/collections/all-uw-titles/products/one-night-ultimate-werewolf

Goosebumps The Board Game:  Kids love reading Goosebumps, and nowGoosebumps-theboardgame they can play it too. This game is based on the Goosebumps movie that came out last year. All of the monsters from the goosebumps books have escaped.The goal is to find R.L. Stine’s typewriter before the monsters do so you can trap them in a new book. 2 to 6 players can play and it comes with monsters you can play as monsters or people and you can even ride in a haunted car. http://goosebumps.wikia.com/wiki/Goosebumps_the_Board_Game

With Halloween just around the corner, here is a game that you can play and Boo-Opoly-Halloween-Board-Game (1)learn more about every horror addict’s favorite holiday. Booo-opoly is a simpler version of Monopoly but you can play as a cat, bat, pumpkin, witches hat, candy apple or a ghost. You then go around the board buying Halloween properties and learning cool facts about Halloween. This is a great party game. https://www.amazon.com/Late-for-the-Sky-BOO/dp/B00064XFW0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472872157&sr=8-1&keywords=boooo-opoly-opoly

Vampires Of The Night: This game is for kids ages 6 and up and can be pic1246890_mdplayed by 2 to 4 players. The objective is to help the vampires escape the wicked vampire hunter who has placed garlic all over their castle. You need to find the garlic and remove it so the vampires can once again enjoy their castle. Vampires Of The Night comes with a glow in the dark game board and pieces. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/57349/vampires-night

So this is just a small sample of horror themed board games for the whole family. Do you have any horror games that you like to play with your kids? Let us know in the comments